A cancer patient who was taken in by a South Auckland marae has taken her first step into her new, more permanent home.
B was farewelled at Te Puea marae in a ceremony today attended by staff and volunteers after spending twelve nights at the marae with her father and four siblings.
Her case was given special attention by Social Housing minister Paula Bennett, who fast-tracked the whanau's placement for a home.
Work and Income New Zealand has covered the cost of her bond payment, as well as the first two weeks of rent.
The government department also helped to provide whiteware for the home.
B expressed her thanks earlier this week to those who had supported her after she told her story in an emotional Facebook post.
She also said she was doing well in her treatment, and that her dream was to one day meet WWE champion Roman Reigns.